The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris


By Alicia Drake

Chapter 6: 1971

As homosexuality bounded forth with delight from the smoking ruins of an authoritarian society, so there was a new perception of homosexuality within fashion. Up until now fashion and homosexuality's interdependence had been conducted on furtive and euphemistic terms. Homosexual couturiers such as Monsieur Dior and Monsieur Balenciaga had 'friends,' not lovers. Saint Laurent and Berg' were one of the first homosexual couples in fashion to live and work openly as such. From now on in fashion, as Maxime de la Falaise remembers, 'It was the period of homosexual outage. Suddenly they were the fabulous ones, they were the attractive ones; no straight man was attractive.'